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Police appeal after cyclist hit by caravanners

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was hit by a car towing a caravan near Bedale.

The cyclist, a 45-year-old local woman, was riding her black and white mountain bike along the A684 towards Bedale at around 5.40pm yesterday (27 July) when she was overtaken by a white MPV-type vehicle towing a twin-axle caravan as she passed the sports field opposite Grange Road Farm.

As the vehicle pulled back in it clipped her and knocked her off her bike.

The woman suffered injuries to her arms and head and was airlifted to James Cook Hospital for treatment.

Her injuries are not life-threatening.

The driver of the car did not stop at the scene of the collision and continued towards Bedale.

Officers are trying to trace the driver of the car and any witnesses to the incident.

One potential witness officers are keen to trace is the driver of as AA or RAC van, which was seen travelling in the opposite direction to the caravan.

The driver of the van may not be aware of the collision but will have witnessed the caravan overtake the cyclist.

Officers are urging the driver of the van to come forward with information.

Family petition calls for safety measures

John Averill died while returning from shops Credit: ITV News

Family and friends of a man knocked down and killed on his way home from the shops are calling for traffic calming measures on the road where it happened.

John Averill,was killed on Blaydon Bank, in Gateshead, in November.

Now his family has launched an online petition calling for speed restrictions.

They say it's only a matter of time before this happens to somebody else.

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